We had great fun at the Tropical butterfly house last week. We saw loads of animals including Butterflies, Parrots, Fish, Snakes, Crocodiles, Meerkats, Lemurs, Chipmunks, Otters and many more. The children had a minibeast handling session where we held an African Snail, Hissing Cockroach and Stick Insect. The sun shone all day and we were tired out by the end of the day!
The children in Foundation are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of this year. If you were unable to attend the Foundation meeting you can download the powerpoint below. Please talk to a member of the Foundation team if you need more information.
The Foundation children had great fun last week playing a new phonic game outside. They had to read the words written on the balls and then send down the gutter. Real words went into the bucket with a treasure chest on and made up words went into the bucket with a bin on. Great fun whilst also making sure the children were blending and segmenting the words.
The Foundation children made pancakes last week to celebrate and find out about Shrove Tuesday. The children helped to sieve the flour, crack the eggs and measure and mix in the milk. We had to whisk it to make the mixture. Then we watched the pnackes cooking in the pan. We were able to choose what we wanted on our pancake as a topping but we all agreed they were very yummy!!
The Foundation children were all very excited last week to go on their first school trip to Whirlow Farm. We spent half a day touring the farm and finding out about the animals and what they eat. We also went on a woodland adventure walk where we created our own collages by finding natural materials, we saw horses and a badger set on our walk to the woods, we then entered the magical fairy woods where we had to create new houses for the fairies as theirs had blown down in the night. We also made our own pictures using things we found on our walk. It was a great but very tiring day!
Many thanks to all the parents who came to our Spring term creative session. There were lots of different activities which the children have been learning about this half term for parents to try. We made clay rainbow fish, vegetable animals, Chinese lanterns, printing scales on fish and many more. Parents were also able to look at the children's observation records and comment on them. These events are really helpful for parents to see what the children have been doing and the progress tehy are making and a chance to ask any questions to staff.
Next half term will be Easter fun.
In Foundation we have been learning all about the festival Chinese New Year which some people celebrate. Our role play was transformed into a Chinese restaurant, we cooked stir fry and noodles which most of us thought was really tasty, we made lanterns and lucky money bags. In PE we used our dragon head to do a dragon dance to Chinese music. We then played some team racing games where we had to cross the river just like the animals in the zodiac race story.
Last week we got to have a PE session with a judo teacher. He taught us how to say stop and go and showed us how to move in different ways like frogs, bearsa and worms. He taught us how to roll over and stretch in a variety of ways. It was great fun and showed us some of the ways in which we can move in judo.
As part of our half term topic on animals we booked the company 'Meet a creature' to bring along some animals to school to lets us handle and ask questions about snakes, lizards, tortoises etc. It was a great experience for the children to see some of these animals for the first time and hold them.
We have been trying really hard to develop our artistic skills by mixing powder paint to make different shades of blue. Soon we realised when we add to add more water if our brushes became stiff and learnt that the more white we added the lighter the colour it made. Our finished paintings have now been used as our background for our bear pictures - pop in class and have a look at our budding artists!
We used a variety of cold coloured transient art materials like sparkly pipecleaners, bead strings, glass nuggets, snowflakes and cold coloured pom poms to create our own winter pictures. We are getting much more confident at mixing materials together to create pictures and being quite selective about what we choose to include.
Parents and grand parents were invited into school to take part in lots of different Christmas craft fun. The children had the chance to make Christmas biscuits, bauble threading, salt dough decorations, playdough trees, painting with cotton buds, stained glass windows and counting pom poms onto Christmas trees.
Many thanks to all the parents who came to support this session. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the staff and children did!
We have been learning how to safely use our hammers, nails and screwdrivers this week. To begin with we have been using hammers with golf tees on pumpkins and squash so that we could learn how to use the equipment safely. This week we have been using hammers with cork boards and wood pieces.
For bonfire night we have been looking at photos and videos of fireworks. We talked about all the different colours we could see an dthe noises fireworks made. Using beads, pom poms, pipecleaners and stones we have been creating our own firework pictures.
We talked about firework safety and how only grown ups should light fireworks. Keep safe and have fun!
We have been looking at the story Room on the Broom so have been counting out and making our own potions and spells. We had to count out the correct number of ingredients or our spell would not work properly - also don't forget to say the magic words.
Yellow group helped Mrs Lloyd to make Gruffalo crumble for all of us to try. They had to chop apples, add blaccurrants and balckberries. For the topping they had to crumble the flour, sugar and butter together and mix in some porridge oats. We popped it in the oven then yummy!!! Next week Flapjack using porridge oats when we do the Goldilocks story.
If you missed the phonics and reading meeting on Friday 7th October you can download the powerpoint for more information. If you are unsure of anything or want clarification on how we teach phonics and reading or how you can help support your child just pop in and ask one of the Foundation team.
On Wednesday 28th September we would like to invite parents to the school hall from 2pm. We would like parents to bring a dish of some food from home for other parenst to sample. There will be a variety of activities you can do with your child including making fruit salad, designing a healthy lunch box, making playdough fruit and many more. We hope you can make it as it is a chance for you to see how well the children have settled into school life, meet other parents and chat to staff.
Also come along and see Mrs Revill who will be running her parent Wednesday morning sessions from Wednesday 5th October in the EAL room.
If you missed the Foundation curriculum meeting on the 16th September you can download the information below. It gives a run through of the areas of learning in foundation and a brief overview of the sorts of actvities your children will be doing at school. Any questions just catch one of the members of the foundation team.
This week F2HH are looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man and next week F2LO will be focusing on this story. We are starting to do focused phonic and maths sessions now. The children are doing really well at settling into a routine and following the school rules. Remeber if you have any concerns talk to a member of the foundation team.
F2LO are focusing on Bear hunt story this week and then we will swap over books in week 4. The children will be able to act out the story outside on the stage and indoors in the small world area using props from the story. This helps develop their language and essential story telling skills as well as being able to recall the story from memory.
The children have been making the most of the warm weather and exploring the water area outside. They have been using the gutters and funnles to investigate the direction the water travels in, using their skills to work out where to place bowls so that the water can be collected. They have been exploring by filling and emptying containers which teaches them about capacity.
Come along on Friday at 2:40pm to the ICT suite to find out more about the Foundation curriculum and what your children will be learning about this year at Lowfield. We hope you can make it to find out more about how the children learn and the skills they are using in different areas of the classroom.
On Monday 5th September we would like to welcome our new foundation children to Lowfield school. The children need to be at school for when the bell goes at 8:45 am. The children should line up with parents outside their classroom (staff are in the playground from 8:35 if you need any directions). When the bell goes parents need to bring your child into the classroom - please do not leave children to come in on their own!
They need to find their peg to hang their coat on and then choose a book to read on the carpet with parents. Please try and setlle your child before you leave. We know it can be upsetting when they first start school - so make staff aware if your child is upset for any reason.
On Monday the children need collecting at 11:20am and Tuesday at 1:00pm (they are having lunch on Tuesday) . Full time from Wednesday 8:45 - 3:15pm.
When collecting children staff call children's names and then they leave one at a time through the gate. Please DO NOT call your child as we need to ensure all children are collected safely by an adult. If you have any questions when collecting your child please wait until all the children have been collected so we can ensure all the children's safety.
We realise that the routines are new for everyone and can sometimes be a bit daunting - staff are always around to answer any questions you may have no matter how small.
If your child is ill you must phone and let the school office know in the morning of their absence on 2552501. If they have sickness or stomach upset they must be kept at home for 48 hours to stop the spread of infection.
The Foundation Team
To celebrate our last day in F2 we held a superhero day. We dressed up for the day and in the afternoon we invited parents in to take part in a variety of superhero themed activities. The favourite for some reason was the superhero ice cream sundaes which we made. At the end we held a graduation ceremony where everyone received a certificate. Good luck in Y1 next year!!
We had great fun when we went to the Tropical Butterfly House in Anston. We saw loads of minibeasts and animals. We got to hold a cockroach!! Inside the butterfly house some of the butterflies landed on us - we saw parrots, turtles, fish, bats and scary spiders inside the dark room! It was a fab day even the rain could not stop us having fun!
We are reading the story The Very Lazy Ladybird. We have been retelling the story and writing captions for the pictures using our phonic knowledge. In maths we have been doubling where we used ladybirds and added the same number of spots to each half of the ladybird. We have been trying to find ladybirds in our garden area but not spotted any yet!
We are reading the story Superworm by Julia Donaldson. We have been looking at the rhyming words in the story. We have been making playdough worms and comparing how long they are by measuring using cubes, rulers and linkits. We have been adding and subtracting worms by feeding to hungry birds. In the minibeast cafe which is our role play this week we have been taking and writing orders and writing our own menus.
We are reading the story of The Very Greedy Bee this week trying hard to retell the story. We will be writing captions for different parts in the story. We are trying very hard in phonics at the moment to learn to read our high frequency words without having to sound them out. Please help at home by spending time each night to help your child learn their words. In maths we have been continuing to share equally nectar between the two bee hives.
We are reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar this week trying hard to retell the story and learn the order for the days of the week. We will be looking at the lifecycle of a caterpillar - ask your child to tell you what happens. In maths we are trying hard to share equally teh food which the caterpillar eats- you can help by getting your child to share sweets/buttons etc equally between two people.
We will be reading the story Aaaarrgghh Spider!. We will be making spiders using a range of different resources and materials so we can learn how to combine different media to create different textures and models. We will be writing speech bubbles to describe the spider, making our own zig zag books from the story and writing spider information after finding out lots of facts. We will use spider webs to add and subtract flies to the webs.
We have been reading the story Norman the slug with the silly shell. Norman wants to be a snail and tries lots of different things to get a new shell. We have retold the story, sequenced pictures, made bread in the shape of snails, created lots of snail pictures using paper plates and spiral paper, we printed shells using cotton reels. We also read information about snails and found out lots of facts.
Mrs Revill managed to borrow some chicks from Graves Park Farm for us to have in foundation for the day. We had two chicks to look after and talk about what they need to eat and drink to keep them healthy. We took it in turns to hold them - we had to be very gentle as they are only very young.
We will be looking at the celebration of Easter and why some people send choclate eggs. We will be making lots of delicious sweets ready for our Spring Fayre on Wednesday - we hope you can come and join us after school. This week we are looking at patterns and how we can make repeating patterns. patterns which are symmetrical you could make your own patterns at home using different objects.
We will be focusing on plants and flowers this week including measuring and comparing their length, planting our own seeds and hopefully watching them grow, drawing and painting flowers, making large and small flowers in the making area using a variety of different materials.
This week we have been reading the story of the enormous turnip. The children have been writing captions and sentences to go with pictures from the story. We have been printing with vegetables and making collage vegetables - some of which are displayed in the classroom. Many thanks to all the parents who came to our first parents in class session on Monday morning. We will be running these every Monday to give you a chance to see the learning which will be taking place that week. (Miss O Malleys sessions will begin on Monday 7th March as she is on a course).
We invited parents in to take part in a variety of different activities themed around Pancake Day. We had a great time and feedback from parents was very positive.
In foundation we have a role play area which is changed regularly to fit in with our book of the week or topic. The last two weeks the children have been taking on the role of vets which they have enjoyed every minute of.
We ventured out this week to use the Key Stage 2 trim trail so that we could experiment with moving in a variety of different ways using different equipment. At first it was a bit daunting for us as we were not used to travelling along the beams and tyres but after our first go we were very excited and raring to have another go.
How my child will be learning
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
· Communication and language;
· Physical development; and
· Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
· Understanding the world;
· Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At Lowfield the staff supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
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Lowfield Primary School
Sheffield S2 4NJ
Tel: 0114 2552501
Headteacher: Mr C Holder